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My review of Cimarron

April 28, 2014
I just finished watching Cimarron, the Best Picture winner from 1931. It was…okay. It’s amazing that once talkies began production, movies took a noticeable dip in quality. Wings was great just 3 years earlier. This movie, though not terrible, wasn’t nearly as good. It was probably fairly decent for a pre-Stagecoach western. But it’s also not strictly a western. It spans 40 years of Oklahoma history, from the raw, open ranges of the land rush in 1889 to the modern skyscraper-filled city of 1930. It’s okay. A little overly melodramatic in parts. I would only recommend it to those who have no qualms about seeing a really old, awkward, early talkie. Actually, though this movie won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1931, I can think of four movies off the top of my head from that same year that were better: Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde, and City Lights. All of these four were vastly superior in multiple ways to Cimarron. Oh well. Next up, Clark Gable goes toe-to-toe with Charles Laughton in 1935’s Best Picture, Mutiny on the Bounty.

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